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April 9th, 2012

Episode 4 of the Little Paris Kitchen

Many of my recipes are inspired by the bistros of Paris, and in this episode I head to the award-winning restaurant Frenchie, where I sample head chef Gregory Marchand’s innovative dishes. Inspired by his delicate balance of flavors, I create a breathtakingly colourful winter salad with a goat’ s cheese mousse—the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

I also cook up some of my favourite savoury dishes such as my lemon and lavender chicken. Lavender in a savoury dish might sound unusual, but bashing the buds in a pestle and mortar releases a fragrance signature to Provence. And while a cake might conjure up thoughts of multiple tiers and buttercream icing, my savoury cheese, pistachio, and prune cake is a delicious substitute for a sandwich, and a perfect portable meal.

Then, in the weekend fashion of Parisians, I head to Trouville, on the coast of Normandy, where I hope to impress a local fishmonger family with my take on the classic Moules Marnières, using a splash of the local cider. Not forgetting dessert, I look to recreate the French patisserie experience at home with my grapefruit and pepper meringue tartlet.

Watch below for the recipe to my savoury cake:

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Don’t forget to give your ears a feast as well! Songs from this week’s episode:

Si tu vois ma mere – Sidney Betchet

No Hay Problema – Pink Martini

Ever Fallen in Love – Nouvelle Vague

La Gloria – Gotan Project

De Hombre a Hombre – Gotan Project

Tu Es – Mathieu Boogaerts

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall – Ella Fitzgerald

Que Reste-t-il de nos amours – Charles Trenet

Douce France – Charles Trenet

Go Home (Instrumental) – Eliza Doolittle

Back to front (Instrumental) – Eliza Doolittle

Chungas Revenge – Gotan Project

 

Episode four of The Little Paris Kitchen aired on Monday 9th April at 8.30 pm on BBC2. It was repeated on Saturday 14th April at 11.30 am on BBC One.

 

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